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Harvick Captures Lucas Oil 150

NASCAR Truck Series at Phoenix
Saturday, November 08, 2008

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Kevin Harvick leads Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine en route to winning the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway
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Kevin Harvick held off hard-charging Kyle Busch to win Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, as title contenders Ron Hornaday and Johnny Benson struggled to wreck-plagued finishes that left them three points apart with one race left.

Benson takes just a three-point lead to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the smallest margin with one race left in series history. The previous low margin was Hornaday's 13-point advantage over Jack Sprague in 1998; when Hornaday went on to win the title.

Harvick, who owns the No. 33 Chevrolet that Hornaday drives, finished .941 seconds ahead of Busch, who had stopped for tires on Lap 130 and charged through the field to the second position. Todd Bodine was third, followed by rookie Brian Scott and Mike Skinner.

A succession of troubles dropped Hornaday to 25th and Benson to 26th at the finish and allowed Hornaday to trim three points from Benson's lead entering the race.

Kevin Harvick celebrates
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From Hornaday's perspective, the championship battle took a turn for the worse on the first lap. Starting from the pole, Hornaday raced side-by-side with Busch into Turn 3, and as the trucks rolled through the corner, the rear of Hornaday's Chevrolet slid out, starting a spin that would see the defending series champion slam nose-first into the outside wall.

Hornaday's truck slid down across the track, only to be broadsided by J.R. Fitzpatrick's Chevy. Benson's Toyota sustained damage on the right side as it clipped Hornaday's crippled truck on the way past.

"I was a little bit frustrated on that first lap, seeing that 33 turned around, but it worked out for us," said Harvick, who picked up the third truck series win of his career and his first since 2003. "In one sense, you think you've lost the championship, but it's never over till it's over."

After hasty repairs in the garage, Hornaday returned to the track 29 laps down and worked his way back to 29th before an accident involving Benson and T.J. Bell sent the points leader to the garage on Lap 87 for extensive repairs.

By the time Benson returned to the track, Hornaday had passed him for the 25th position, and neither could improve the rest of the way.

"I don't know what to really think," Benson said." It seemed like everyone was gunning for me and Ron. It was a bad night for both of us."

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 10 2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camping World 190/5 150 Running
2 2 51 Kyle Busch Toyota Miccosukee Resort & Gaming / NOS Energy Drink 180/10 150 Running
3 11 30 Todd Bodine Toyota Lumber Liquidators 165/0 150 Running
4 5 16 Brian Scott * Toyota Albertson's 160/0 150 Running
5 8 5 Mike Skinner Toyota Toyota Tundra 155/0 150 Running
6 7 119 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Brad Keselowski Racing 150/0 150 Running
7 3 99 Erik Darnell Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 146/0 150 Running
8 13 88 Matt Crafton Chevrolet NIBCO / Menards 142/0 150 Running
9 20 14 Rick Crawford Ford Circle Bar Truck Corral / Power Stroke Diesel 138/0 150 Running
10 9 10 Brendan Gaughan Ford International Maxx Force Diesel 134/0 150 Running
11 12 59 Terry Cook Toyota Team ASE / Harris Trucking 130/0 150 Running
12 22 8 Chad McCumbee Chevrolet Malcolmson Construction 127/0 150 Running
13 24 11 David Starr Toyota Zachry 124/0 150 Running
14 4 22 Scott Speed * Toyota Red Bull 121/0 150 Running
15 16 18 Dennis Setzer Dodge Power Chrysler Jeep Dodge 118/0 150 Running
16 15 81 Donny Lia * Chevrolet Randy Moss Motorsports / NationRides.com 115/0 150 Running
17 21 60 Jack Sprague Toyota wyler.com 112/0 150 Running
18 25 9 Michael Annett Toyota Construct Corps 109/0 150 Running
19 19 13 Shelby Howard Chevrolet FarmPaint.com 106/0 150 Running
20 30 08 Jason White Dodge Gunbroker.com 103/0 150 Running
21 28 161 Brett Thompson Dodge Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. / Windmill Inns 100/0 150 Running
22 23 15 Kenny Wallace Toyota Ergon Hyprene 97/0 150 Running
23 31 21 Jon Wood Ford U.S. Air Force 94/0 149 Running
24 27 09 John Wes Townley Ford Zaxby's 91/0 136 Accident
25 1 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet VFW 88/0 116 Running
26 14 23 Johnny Benson Toyota Toyota Certified Used Vehicles 85/0 98 Accident
27 26 7 T.J. Bell Chevrolet SpongeTech / Home4The Holidays.org 82/0 86 Accident
28 18 6 Colin Braun * Ford Con-way Freight 79/0 77 Accident
29 35 150 Craig Wood Ford Buchanan Pharmacies 76/0 57 Accident
30 6 71 J.R. Fitzpatrick Chevrolet Mammoet 73/0 46 Accident
31 17 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Alice Cooperstown 70/0 25 Accident
32 33 189 Russ Dugger Chevrolet Lafferty Performance 67/0 22 Vibration
33 32 07 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet ASI Limited 64/0 19 Ignition
34 34 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Benning Racing 61/0 18 Overheating
35 29 0 Butch Miller Chevrolet ASI Limited 58/0 5 Accident

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